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Christmas Southern Supper with Chuck Jackson & Tyler Yarema- December 20, 2018

(Photo Credit: Julie Knox). Chuck Jackson & Tyler Yarema...what better way to ring in the holidays, and Christmas time of year, than a Christmas themed duo, with these two. 

Chuck Jackson is most known for his work as the lead vocalist/harmonica player/ and songwriter, for legendary, and JUNO Award Winning, Downchild Blues Band. You may also know him from his recent, independent release of 'Cup of Joe', a tribute to Big Joe Turner. 

Some of Chuck's awards, and accomplishments, include being the Founder & Director of the Tim Horton's Southside Shuffle; 2014 Downchild won a Juno for 'Can You Hear the Music'; 2013 he was inducted into the Mississauga Music Hall of Fame; and he has won many, many, many Maple Blues Awards, as well as nominations.....including a win for Blues with a Feeling, which is awarded for 'Lifetime Achievement'. 

Tyler Yarema is one of Canada's finest piano/keyboard well as singer/songwriter/producer. He holds regular court at the Reservoir Lounge, in Toronto, on Tuesday, and Saturday evenings, as 'Tyler Yarema & His Rhythm'. He has played on countless albums, and is a Maple Blues Award Winner, and NOW Magazine Award Winner. 

Two seatings are available, 6:30 and 9:00, and the special Southern menu, is as follows....

Catfish, Shrimp, Okra, & Sausage Gumbo; Blackened Chicken Fillets; Coleslaw with Remoulade Dressing; Buttermilk Cornbread Muffins; Red Velvet Cupcakes; Sweet Iced Tea; & Cafe du Monde Coffee & Chicory.

Item:  CHUCK



MARDI GRAS Southern Supper with Roberta Hunt- January 12, 2019


Roberta Hunt is an exhilarating jazz and blues musician – she is a singer, piano player and songwriter. With her signature rootsy and blues style, one music critic wrote, “Mix big piano with beautiful voice, add some attitude and a lot of charisma. With a penchant for those you-done-me-wrong songs and her musical roots in the jazz and spirituals of New Orleans: a picture of Roberta Hunt starts to emerge…”

A sought-after musician in the Ontario music scene, Roberta’s personal and exuberant approach to performance has now mixed with the swing/Lindy dance scene resulting in sizzling energy between dancers and the band that electrifies the audience. Roberta’s current jazz, blues, funk collaboration Red Hot Ramble has been stirring up great buzz with frequent performances at live music landmarks like The Rex Hotel, Reservoir Lounge, Dovercourt House, and The Lancaster Jazz Club in Kitchener.

In addition to performing solo and with her own bands (Red Hot Ramble, Bertie and the Gents, Roberta Hunt Trio) in Toronto, Roberta has also participated in the French Quarter Festival New Orleans; Davos Sounds Good Festival, Davos; Rapperswil Jazz Festival, Switzerland; Jazz in Mortigliano, Italy as well as local jazz festivals over her career. The New Orleans influence began early in Roberta’s career when she joined the legendary Toronto New Orleans band “Kid Bastien’s Happy Pals” and held the piano post until 2009.

Roberta continues to write her own jazz and blues flavoured songs and is gathering more inspiration and material for a full length CD of her own music to follow her recently released EP – Seen Me.

Our special menu for this Mardi Gras Southern Supper Event includes....

Blackened Shrimp; Creole Red Beans & Rice with Sausage; Coleslaw with Remoulade Dressing; Buttermilk Cornbread Muffins; Mardi Gras King Cake; Sweet Iced Tea; & Cafe du Monde Coffee & Chicory.


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Mardi Gras Southern Supper with Sean Stanley & Miss Dior- Saturday, February 16, 2019

*** During Mardi Gras season, we celebrate the sounds of Louisiana.  Sean Stanley and Miss Dior will take us back to Storyville, the place where jazz, is said to have been born, the Red Light District.    Think of a smoke filled room, dim lit, and nostalgic times, well gone by.  ***

*Trio with stand up bass *

Sean Stanley & Miss Dior" is a Toronto based duo, with a rising star on the jazz and blues scene.  The pair have been performing their soulful, gritty, and sophisticated brand of music together since 2014, often working alongside some of the city’s best, and brightest young musicians.  With Sean Stanley on piano and vocals, and Miss Dior on vocals, they will be joined by the talented Galen Weir, on upright bass. The group will be performing the music of Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Ray Charles and Errol Garner just to name a few, as well as original compositions. The group has a unique sound and approach that ranges from smooth and sweet to high energy and intense but is always based in "the blues".  

Our special menu, for this Mardi Gras Southern Supper, includes Blackened Chicken Skewers; Crawfish Etouffee served over white rice; Coleslaw with Remoulade Dressing; Buttermilk Cornbread Muffins; Mardi Gras King Cake; Sweet Iced Tea; & Cafe du Monde Coffee & Chicory. 


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Mardi Gras Southern Supper with Tyler Yarema, Scott Neilson, & Janice Hagan- January 24, 2019

For this Mardi Gras Southern Supper, we're gonna get all 'jazz club'...but, it won't be 'sleepy', ya'll. This is gonna be jumpin'.  We have a very special trio, and you may have seen all of them, at the Reservoir Lounge...Toronto's 'hippest' jazz, jump, jive, and swingin' blues club.  

Tyler Yarema is an award winning Piano Player, Singer, and Composer. He has played on over 50 cd’s ranging from Blues and Jazz, to Reggae and Pop. The Juno winner has been in constant demand for many Festivals, corporate functions, weddings, and theater concerts nation wide.

Tyler has been the main attraction every Tuesday and Saturday at the world famous Reservoir Lounge in downtown Toronto for a decade.

His prowess at the piano, sultry vocals, and dynamic stage presence make Tyler an absolute “Must See” performer. he is also a Maple Blues Award Winner, and NOW Magazine Award Winner.

Our special menu for this Mardi Gras Southern Supper event will include......

Creole Crab Cakes with Remoulade Sauce; Shrimp Creole served over white rice; Coleslaw with Remoulade Dressing; Buttermilk Cornbread Muffins; Mardi Gras King Cake; Sweet Iced Tea; & Cafe du Monde Chicory & Coffee. 


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Mississippi Queen Foods Gift Certificate

You can't go wrong with a Gift Certificate from Mississippi Queen Foods.  This can be applied to any products and services.  Please be sure to email to confirm Gift Certificate details, upon purchase.  

Item Code:  MQFGIFT



Mississippi Queen Foods Mardi Gras King Cake

Authentic, New Orleans style, Mardi Gras King Cake, and shipping is now available across Canada! 

King Cake is a braided, Danish cinnamon coffee cake, finished with a fondant icing and decorated with festive Mardi Gras purple (justice), green (faith), and gold (power) sugars. 

Each of my authentic, Mardi Gras King Cakes includes a plastic baby inserted inside; cake board; three strands of throw beads; doubloons; and windowed cake box. 

Item Code: MQFKING

$45.00 per cake



Mississippi Queen Foods Southern Pecan Pie

 Southern Translation:  pronounced “puh- kawn”

My pies will melt in your mouth because they have just the right amount of butter and sugar and eggs and vanilla and pecans and more butter and more sugar and of course, LOVE, and butter pastry! 

My Southern Pecan Pies are available year round.  They are packaged in a windowed pie box, freshly made upon order.  These pies do freeze well.  

$20.00 per 9" pie



Mississippi Queen's Second Birthday Party Southern Supper with Sugar Brown- December 8, 2018

*** SOLD OUT ***






Sugar Brown is 'real deal', Mississippi 'juke joint' blues; Mississippi 'Hill Country' blues; and 'Chicago blues', rolled into one experience.

Sugar Brown is probably one of the most unqiue bluesman, you will come across. He's also known as Dr. Ken Kawashima, doctor of East Asian history, as well as a scholar of classic, blues music.

He's from the States, and he came about his rich experience in the blues, first-handed, by playing in a 'west side' Chicago, blues club, alongside many well known blues players, such as Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith, Dave Myers, and Taildragger (who is responsible for the nickname of 'Sugar Brown').

Sugar Brown's style of the blues will take you through the hill country of Mississippi, the west side of Chicago, as well as some early, blues days, in Texas.

In 2013, he was the Toronto Blues Society's Talent Search Winner, and you may have seen him play at the Kitchener Blues Festival, or at the Mariposa Folk Festival. 2016 nominated for 'Best Songwriter', Maple Blues Awards.

This show will be in support, of his latest CD release, 'It's a Blues World'...and here is the bio...


It's A Blues World (Calling All Blues!)

It's a blues world, and Sugar Brown is living in it and “calling all blues” with real grace and style. The Toronto-based vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has found his full creative voice on It's A Blues World (Calling All Blues!), his third album, to be released in March 2018.

Following on from his 2014 debut Sugar Brown’s Sad Day and 2015's acclaimed Poor Lazarus, the new record mines the various strata of the blues genre, digging deep and unearthing dazzling new gems. Brown possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of the form, but his songs are passionate, singular, and soulful, constantly resisting generic, mainstream formulations.

He explains his free-wheeling and idiocyncratic style this way: "Each song here is a blues world. They go from country to urban, from the '30s to '70s, but they are little worlds within the blues.

"My last name, Kawashima, means river-island in Japanese. You can think of each song as an island in a river. You can flow down the river, stopping and listening to one, then moving onto the next." The voyage is a richly compelling and entertaining one.

It's A Blues World was recorded at Toronto studio Marquee Sound, with engineer Braden Sauder. Situated in an old movie theatre, the studio focuses on analog recording, Sugar Brown's preferred form. "We recorded on two tracks, to quarter inch tape," he explains. "I brought in one piece of recording gear, a 1936 Collins mike pre-amp, and plugged in my vocal microphone through that."

"By using the technologies of older recording, I want to give the listener a different sonic listening experience than what we’ve come to blindly accept in digital recording. That is part of the experience of a Sugar Brown album."

It's A Blues World has a rich, warm and intimate sound that is the perfect setting for Brown's original compositions. The mastering work of Grammy-winner Peter J. Moore (Cowboy Junkies, Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes) is the icing on the cake of the recording.

Joining Brown in the studio were such elite players as Michelle Josef (drums), Russ Boswell (bass), Nichol Robertson (guitar), Julian Fauth (piano), and Julia Narveson (horns and fiddle).

One special guest was US guitar ace Rockin' Johnny Burgin, a close comrade of Sugar Brown on the Chicago scene in the '90s. "Johnny was largely responsible for getting me to play blues guitar," Brown recalls. "In college, I was in his band, Rockin’ Johnny and The Headhunters, and he helped me get into Taildragger’s band, the La-Z Boys, where I blowed harp.”

"Having Johnny on the new record helped make my connection to the West Side of Chicago blues explicit. As a seasoned recording artist, he was also very helpful in the studio in keeping the process going."

All the tunes on It's A Blues World are Sugar Brown originals but he is quick to cite influences upon the material on the new album. For instance, he explains that "Hard To Love" was "inspired by the acoustic playing of Floyd Council and also of George McCoy, who was the husband of Memphis Minnie. I dig that open tuning and fingerpicking style and wanted it to be part of the album."

Then there's "Lousy Dime," another highlight of an album devoid of lowlights. "That was inspired by Tom Waits. He has a song called 'Everybody's Talking At The Same Time,' and I turned it into 'everybody's scrambling for the same lousy dime,'" says Brown. There's a Waits-ian feel to the vocal here, while the fluent banjo work of Nichol Robertson adds a rootsy country element.

Brown cites "Hummingbird" as "one of the songs I'm proudest of. To me, it's a combination of John Lee Hooker and Frankie Lee Sims." The upbeat track has a great groove and features vibrant baritone sax from Julia Narveson.

There's also an irresistible slow and dirty groove to the title cut, one incorporating harp, horns and piano and a powerfully passionate vocal performance. Brown terms "It's A Blues World" an homage to Little Mack Simmons, and notes that the inspiration for the lyrics came from "thinking about the current degeneration of American society in the era of Trump.

The blues of Lonnie Johnson and Big Bill Broonzy were inspirations for "Tide Blues," a sparse and rustic tune that Brown explains as conveying “a sense of plaintiveness of being in love.”

"Love Me Twice" is loosely based on Bob Dylan's "It's Not Too Late," with Sugar arranging funky parts for Farfisa organ, combined with a “Chicago West Side sound on the b-part.”

Elsewhere, Sugar Brown is equally at home on old-style country blues tunes ("Brothers," "Hard To Love"), boogie ("Clock Struck Noon"), and jump blues ("Dew On The Grass”), and a little rock-n-roll with “Those things you said to me”.

"I try to have a diversity of songs with different feelings, different beats, different worlds.” he explains, and that mandate is certainly fulfilled on It's A Blues World.

Recognition of Sugar Brown as a fresh, authentic and original voice in North American blues came in 2013 with his victory in the prestigious Toronto Blues Society Talent Search. In early 2017, he reached the finals of The International Blues Challenge in Memphis, while his performances at such major Canadian music festivals as the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Mariposa Folk Festival, Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival, Edmonton Blues Festival, and Kitchener Blues Festival have been enthusiastically received.

His life story is certainly not an orthodox one for a blues artist. Sugar Brown was born Ken Kawashima, to a Japanese father and Korean mother who both immigrated to the United States in the mid-1960s. He was raised in Bowling Green, Ohio, then moved to Chicago to pursue his studies.

He soon immersed himself in that city's rich blues culture and heritage, and his enduring passion for the form was born. Chicago is where Brown cut his teeth as a blues musician, working extensively with such local heroes as Taildragger (the man who gave Kawashima his nickname), as well as with Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, and Rockin' Johnny Burgin.

Since completing his Ph.D. in history from New York University in 2002, Sugar Brown has been living in Toronto, where he teaches as Associate Professor of East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto.

Upon relocating to Toronto, Brown took a break from performing music, but the siren call of the blues proved impossible to resist.

Sugar Brown is now offering us an open-hearted welcome to his blues world. It would be foolish to resist.



Our special menu includes.....

Fried U.S. Delta Farm Raised Catfish Fillets

Shrimp & Grits

Coleslaw with Remoulade Dressing

Buttermilk Biscuits

Red Velvet Cake

Sweet Iced Tea

Cafe du Monde Coffee & Chicory